State Dept advises US citizens against visiting Pakistan

Published: April 13, 2017
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The US State Department has issued a travel advisory warning American citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan.

“Pakistan continues to experience significant terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks. Targeted attacks against government officials, humanitarian and non-governmental organisation (NGO) employees, tribal elders, and law enforcement personnel are common,” the advisory stated, adding that foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continue to pose a danger to US citizens.

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“Evidence suggests that some victims of terrorist activity have been targeted because they are Americans. Terrorists and criminal groups have resorted to kidnapping for ransom.”

Warning against sectarian violence in the country, the advisory stated that the government continues to enforce blasphemy laws. “Religious minority communities have been victims of targeted killings and accusations of blasphemy,” it stated.

The latest warning replaces the Travel Warning dated October 7, 2016.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • MoB
    Apr 13, 2017 - 4:27AM

    Says the man whose countrys prime minister was banned in whole of Europe and The US for genocide. Recommend

  • Arif Mohammed
    Apr 13, 2017 - 6:45AM

    You can’t change facts nor the Pakistani mindsetRecommend

  • Madhav Das
    Apr 13, 2017 - 9:23AM

    I think that it is time that Pakistanis put the wrong impression of PM Modi to rest. That ban on him was revoked by the same nations that were supposed to have made it. Time to move on and forget past hurts.Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    Apr 15, 2017 - 4:12PM

    Uncle Sam, please also take care of CIA agents who are sent under cover of USAID, Military Advisors and so-called the ‘Development Programs’, like Raymond Davis and thousands of others. Recommend

  • Mo B
    Apr 18, 2017 - 5:29PM

    @Madhav Das:
    The only reason that Modi has been allowed in is because he is the PM of India. Its a shame that Modi has trampled over the ideals that India was proud to have been created created upon. This man will be responsible for putting this country back generations. Recommend

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